Cut the Ropes

As your pounded under the force of the wave, the last thing you ever want to happen is for your leg rope to snap. 
As the board rushes up to the surface and you’re pushed deeper into the water, the tension on the rope can get so extreme that it snaps. At this point your feeling a lot more vulnerable as you’ve not only lost your board, but the floatation device that will keep you afloat as the rest of the set rolls through.
Paul also faced a perilous situation as he and the rest of those onboard had already spent almost two weeks adrift at sea battling a relentless hurricane. However right at the time they had given up all hope, Paul shared a word from God that gave them the courage to go on: 
“But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me” – Acts 27:22-25 (NIV)
Although most on board were encouraged by Paul’s words, a few others decided to take the matter into their own hands:
‘In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved” (27:30-31)
The soldiers in charge were faced with a life and death decision. Would they keep hold of the safety and security of the life boat, or would they listen to Paul and place their hope in the faithfulness of God? 
In a moment of truth, they made a decision that resulted in the entire crew being saved from certain death:
‘So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away’ (27:32)
There are times in life that God will also lead us to cut the ropes to our ‘life boats’ – or the things that give us the feeling of security but in the end rob us from the opportunity to witness the faithfulness of God.


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